Frog in knots

Knitting, knots and frogging.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Oh Rats!

Last night a very tired me was deliberating what to knit next. I've spent the last few weeks stressing that I will never get through the list of all the projects I want to make and to be suddenly done with a few gifts that I'd been working on left me at a bit of a loss. I keep stumbling on new patterns and my 'to do' list shifts and grows every few weeks. I finally decided on 'Grace' from the Spring '04 issue of Knitty. I've had some black mohair in my stash for about 7 or so years that was ideal for it. I really like it so I've been hanging onto it waiting for the 'right' pattern. I'm not entirely sure this is, but if I waited for the perfect pattern for all of my stash I'd never make anything. The amount fits the pattern exactly and I got gauge. The only problem - it's got a really high mohair content (with the rest being wool and nylon) so it's incredibly hairy. To combat this I popped it in the fridge overnight and took myself off to bed without a thought. My poor mother came along this morning, opened it up and got the fright of her life. She thought there was a rat in the fridge. It took me a while to stop laughing before I could start work, but I've managed about 3/4 of the back so far. It's worked on 4.5mm needles so I'm getting quite a sheer fabric, it's not bad looking for rat yarn.


Other than that, it's official, I'm Great! My niece had a little boy last week. I made him Tassle Top from Kids Knits by Leslie Anne Price. I've made several of these recently so I can get it done quite quickly. It can be a bit boring doing the same pattern so many times, but it's been the favourite thing of everyone I've made it for so far. I'm not too enamoured with the title Great Aunt Rain so I'm sticking with 'O Great One' until I'm about 80.

I've also been working on few gifts, some are still secret but the fleece lined armwarmers just need to be sewn together. They're all pinned and waiting so I'm almost there.




And last but not least, not quite a rat but a mouse...


...a frog mouse! I couldn't resist :)

43 Comments:

At 12:30 am, Blogger mf said...

how cute are those frogs....
I bet grace will be gorgeous!

 
At 12:48 am, Blogger Jerry & Maxy said...

O Great One, you gave me a great laugh with your Mum finding rat yarn.

cute froggies!

 
At 1:24 am, Blogger Baigneuse said...

Grace is looking great so far. I'm sure the rat yarn will do it proud.

The frog is so cute!

 
At 1:37 am, Blogger Areli said...

Congrats on becoming O Great One, the name suits you :-)

I love the mouse, so cute.

 
At 1:46 am, Blogger Allena said...

oh i love that mouse and mousepad!

 
At 2:08 am, Blogger Stefaneener said...

Rat yarn. . . maybe a new exotic fiber? Grace is going to be great.

I'm sure you'll be able to knit everything on your list and then some. O great one, indeed!

 
At 4:12 am, Blogger Samantha said...

Congratulations on your new Great Nephew, O Great One. :)
Love the mouse!! :)

 
At 4:58 am, Blogger aurora said...

I empathise totally with your mother, having recently been similarly stupid with my own freezer.

The armwarmers are looking great (so does the baby top). And the frog is just so CUTE!

 
At 6:29 am, Blogger Kimberly said...

I love the rat story. Too funny.
The frogs are perfect!

 
At 8:01 am, Blogger Seahorse said...

That's a great start on Grace. I really like the arm warmers. I've seen lots of very fashionable 'young folk' wearing those in stripes of various colours recently!

The mouse/mouse mat is perfect, lol!

 
At 9:18 am, Blogger Wye Sue said...

Love the frog and his pad ;-)
I think I would have had the same reaction as your Mum to the rats in the fridge !!

 
At 9:31 am, Blogger nanatoo said...

Poor Mum *titters* Tassle top is so cuddly. I can imagine it would be a bore to knit but it is its simplicity that makes it so lovely.

The thumb holes on the wristers are like little singing mouths. They are thumb holes? I LOVE your frog set, it's wonderful! :D

 
At 11:48 am, Blogger Mary-Lou said...

am laughing so much over the rat in the fridge I can bearly stay upright ....!

 
At 11:50 am, Blogger Mary-Lou said...

btw, there's a pic of a gorgeous frog ruck-sack in the Daily Telegraph magazine today. Drop me your address, and I'll post it on to you

 
At 12:16 pm, Blogger Diane said...

LOL a rat in the fridge!..
If it had been my mum she'd have been a corpse when i found her!
I love the little tassle top that will be so cute on the new baby and i'm intrigued by the wrist warmers...did you make the pattern yourself?
Lovin them froggies!
Now if my mum found one of those in the fridge she'd give it a huge cuddle......they don't have long whippy tails!LOL

 
At 12:52 pm, Blogger reluctantMANGO said...

Well done! You've certainly been busy - I adore the baby sweater, It's clear why it's always a hit. Grace is off to a good start!

 
At 1:03 pm, Blogger Piglottie said...

LOL at the rat in the fridge! I remember my mum putting mohair in the fridge when I finally nagged her into knitting me a black mohair gothic batwing type jumper back in the 80's. I thought she had gone a bit loopy at the time, but now having taken up knitting I get it!

Lovely stuff you've done, especially like the armwarmers.

 
At 1:24 pm, Blogger Bezzie said...

Ha ha!!! Rat in the fridge! My husband works with rats, and after they do a massive "kill" that's where they have to put the corpses until the rat corpse collector man comes to get them!

Love the frog mouse & pad!!!!!

 
At 2:46 pm, Blogger Pam said...

Grace looks wonderful so far. I am still amazed at how fast you knit!

 
At 3:41 pm, Blogger Charity said...

Oh, Rain, your rat story is too funny! Thanks for the laugh :0)

I love the tassle sweater, and Grace looks like a great pattern. The frog is too cute!

 
At 5:03 pm, Blogger allisonmariecat said...

Grace will be pretty, and not at all rat-like. I'm not sure I'd have the dedication to make something that size out of mohair, but I also haven't tried popping mohair in the freezer!

Cute tassle-top. I think 'O Great One' is perfect.

 
At 5:44 pm, Blogger ~Silvia~ said...

I love the Frog Mouse!! I hope your Mum has recovered. I am sure we won't look at the Gracie in quiet the same way now...lol

 
At 7:20 pm, Blogger Brittany said...

Grace looks lovely so far! I had forgotten that mohair trick. Rat yarn indeed.

 
At 10:18 pm, Blogger knitfriendly said...

The mouse/frog pad is very cute! Grace looks like a great pattern.

 
At 11:34 pm, Blogger Peg said...

Hi Rain - I copied out Grace a while back, but have never made it. Will be interested to see how 'the rat' turns out! Knitting for babies is fun - quick and lovely!

 
At 12:58 am, Blogger dreamcatcher said...

Nice rat yarn you have there ;-)

Love those tasselled tops and the wristers/fingerless gloves are great.

 
At 1:56 am, Blogger Batty said...

Congratulations on having another little relative to knit for! Your work is always so original. If you ever get bored, why not think about putting together a pattern book? You have enough ideas to fill it. And I, for one, would buy one!

The sweater and the arm warmers are fabulous. And those froggies are so cute!

 
At 4:09 am, Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Ha ha ha ha ha - I may have to take home some mohair at Christmas just so I can freak my mom out too.

 
At 4:55 am, Blogger Peg said...

Rain - thanks for visiting my blog. Wish I knew more about blogging, but perhaps it will all become clear with time.
The 'Fetching' fingerless gloves are so easy to knit and I hope my granddaughters like them. One 50gr ball makes a pair with no problem. Probably enough yarn left over to crochet a flower to put on a hat!

 
At 6:23 pm, Blogger Badger said...

Mmm, rat yarn, nice!

And congratulations on becoming a great one (I was one too at 24, oh the joys of huge families!)

 
At 11:24 pm, Blogger Ling said...

Love the frog mouse and pad.

I can't believe how quickly you knit. Great top for the baby.

 
At 10:23 am, Blogger acrylik said...

Rat yarn! lol! Grace is looking good!

I love the baby knits, O Great One ;)

What a fantastic frog mat and, er, frog (feels weird to say mouse). You find some great things!

 
At 3:13 pm, Blogger KnitYoga said...

Grace is looking lovely and completely unrat-like! LOL The armwarmers and the tassel top look wonderful, too. I can see why you've knitted a few of tassel tops despite it being, as you say, a bit boring doing the same pattern again, because the result is so worth it. The froggy things are fab. No wonder you couldn't resist!

 
At 4:37 pm, Blogger Peg said...

It's me again! Thank you for the comment on my blog. That little girl is going to be tall - her Mom is 6"2" and her Dad 6'4". I also copied Tater's Cotton Cardi from The Garter Belt to knit for her in cotton!

 
At 5:22 pm, Blogger craftydramaqueen said...

Love the wristwarmers you made for Carrie Anne.

 
At 1:23 am, Blogger HPNY Knits said...

very funny about the rat in the fridge! and a very sexy one indeed.
one of our NYC members had knit this, when the theme was NY:
http://photos.meetup.com/photos/event/b/6/9/4/event_406740.jpeg

 
At 10:43 am, Blogger sylv said...

Wow, you made the tassel top !! I copied a few pages from that beautiful book a few years back, made the ballet wrap... and now you rekindled the urge to buy that book again !!!!
All your knits are beautiful btw !!

 
At 4:30 pm, Blogger Melissa said...

That frog mouse is so cute!
Congrats on the new addition to the family!
LMAO at your mum finding the yarn...hilarious!

 
At 4:49 pm, Blogger Stickbloggen said...

I love that Frog Mouse!

 
At 10:04 pm, Blogger Heather said...

I just about wet my knickers laughing at the rat yarn in the fridge - poor mummy!!

 
At 12:18 pm, Blogger Cherry Rolfe said...

Kids Knits is such a great book!!!!

 
At 3:22 am, Blogger Rachel said...

I must say that based on your story I'm tempted to acquire a ball of black mohair not to knit with but to incorporate into practical jokes!

 
At 6:58 pm, Blogger Jerry said...

ROTFLMAO!!! Your poor mum but that's a riot. The arm warmers loks great, I love that colour! Cute frog/mouse :-)

 

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